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Barney Frank Gets Married

ImagesCongrats to Rep. Barney Frank, who got married in Newton, Massachusetts last night to Jim Ready: a welder, carpenter, and small-business owner who's exactly 30 years Rep. Frank's junior. (That makes Mr. Ready 42.) The ceremony took place on the banks of the Charles River. From the New York Times:

... in vows written by the couple, Mr. Frank and Mr. Ready pledged to love each other “on MSNBC or on Fox” and “in Congress or in retirement,” a reference to Mr. Frank’s decision not to seek another term.

The pair met at a fundraiser in 2005. Mr. Ready was involved with his long-time boyfriend, Robert Palmer, who was suffering an unspecified, terminal ailment. Mr. Frank was impressed with Mr. Ready's devotion to his partner. After Mr. Palmer died, the congressman and the welder became friends, and then more. From the Times:

In past relationships, Mr. Frank had enjoyed carving out time for himself; with Mr. Ready, the reverse was true. “It immediately made me feel very unhappy” to contemplate spending time without him, Mr. Frank said.

On their many days apart, the Times reports, Mr. Frank and Mr. Ready watch the same TV shows while speaking on the telephone.

Mr. Frank is the first member of the United States House of Representatives to marry a member of his own gender.

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  1. Congrats to Barney and Jim. Long life amd much happiness.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 8, 2012 6:10:48 PM

  2. looks like dad and son
    30 years is a bit much
    (brings to mind this photo:

    imagine yourself with someone 30 years older than yourself –
    it seems like frank is marrying his personal care assistant for this soon to be old age
    the article in today’s times spells this out pretty clearly
    in a decade they’re 52 and 82
    jim will be spending his time changing Barney’s Depends and getting his pills in order
    whatever . . . I guess they’re both looking for their payouts

    Posted by: jw | Jul 8, 2012 7:34:05 PM

  3. Of course Obama would not go to a real gay wedding. Nothing to do with security. It would have been an honor. And the Republicans would have found the pictures "priceless."

    Posted by: Gregory | Jul 8, 2012 8:41:28 PM

  4. And...............

    Posted by: HA! | Jul 8, 2012 8:56:09 PM

  5. Now maybe he will leave the Congressional pages alone..

    Posted by: BJ | Jul 8, 2012 9:25:04 PM

  6. Congrats!

    Posted by: DJ | Jul 9, 2012 12:34:30 AM

  7. Some of you f@gs are simply pathetic!

    Posted by: CHRIS DA CHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Jul 9, 2012 1:20:40 AM

    Dude you look like Cee Lo Green!

    Posted by: Marquee | Jul 9, 2012 2:08:37 AM

  9. Hmmm. Wonder what Barney's opinion on the mutilation of a boy's sex organ at birth is? Does he approve of a grown man sucking on an infant boy's penis after cutting off his foreskin? Anybody know? I bet Barney has strong opinions about southern Baptists or Catholics and some of their outlandish dogma and practices. What's his opinion of outlandish Jewish dogma and practices? Is it OK to ask this on TR?


    Barney lives in a city in Massachusetts that has a majority Jewish population and is infamous for it's limousine liberal but ferocious NIMBY attitude. So I guess Barney draws a line in the sand with celebrating diversity.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 9, 2012 11:45:40 AM

  10. Oh, for God's sake, Ratbastard...will you please shut up about the vampire rabbis.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 9, 2012 11:57:14 AM

  11. @Derrick from Philly,


    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 9, 2012 12:57:12 PM

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